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Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

(2.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.

The Seal Sanctuary provides a temporary home for sick or injured seal pups. Exploris is committed to rehabilitating injured and abandoned seal pups, preparing them for return to the wild.
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  • Had a very enjoyable day at Exploris. We got to watch a male seahorse give birth, pointed out by one of the team. Great viewing areas to watch the seals both in hospital part and also outside. Very in...  more »
  • Ok so we came here as a family of 5 2 children aged 5 and a nearly 2 year old. Along with my husband and myself. Don't get me wrong the kids had a great time but it's only been a few years since I was...  more »
  • Excellent update to a family favourite. It was Halloween when we went and there were lots of seasonal extras like dress up, treasure trails and sweeties. Great day out. 
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  • Had birthday for our 8 year old there. Couldn't really fault it. I think it's better than it used to be for sure. Chris was brilliant, giving our whole party a really interesting hands on tour of all the touch tank stuff. The otters are a great addition to the attraction too.
  • We weren't expecting much, as it looks tiny from the outside and it is - frankly - in the ass end of nowhere. What a shock! Not only did we get to handle several sea creatures, the layout and design make it possible to get a 360 degree view of the sharks, manta rays and turtles as they swim above you in a glass underwater corridor. Very much worth every penny!
  • Recently re opened and looks great. Touch tanks went down a treat with the toddlers as did the tropical fish. Coffee shop wasn't bad. Think this would be a great part of a larger attraction like the zoo but quite small and expensive for a trip in itself.
  • Fantastic attraction. Beautifully presented, with a Nile crocodile, and the Porcupine fish stole the show! Spoke with two staff members who were more than willing to educate on their relevant expertise. Thumbs up.
  • I think the aquarium was better before the revamp. Do not see much improvement for the £2M spent. A few mouldings and renaming of areas. Have fitted new screen info displays instead of the original painted signs- most of the new displays were not working. There are less tank exhibits/displays than before. The tropical addition upstairs, other than the croc, a pet shop would be better to see 2 lizards and 2 snakes. The game area- what games, there weren't any, and the previous interactive section upstairs is gone, less to do. The kids area addition of sandcastle display - 3 sink size rock pools has been added, in place where the drawing and quiz section was before - there is actually less for kids to do. Admission price has increased. Would need to improve.